Friday, February 4, 2011

Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Cookies & Happy Birthday Dad!

It's my Dad's birthday today!

Happy Birthday Daddy-O !!!!!!!

It's funny, because we're a family of 4. Three women, one man. All of the womens' birthdays are in the summer....then there's my Dad all outstanding in February.

I'll never forget that date though...Feb. 4. It has a nice ring to it.

My Dad's a pretty neat guy. This is him. I took this photo on Christmas morning in 2008.

He wears really cool sweaters. Here are 3 other really cool things about him:

1. He bends iron. Literally. He builds really large, really gorgeous wrought iron masterpieces for a living.

2. He can fix anything. Seriously. If you break it, he can fix it.
He was very handy to have around growing up as a kid. I kinda miss that. Although Jonathan has been doing a pretty decent job of it so far....

3. He can eat nonstop until next month and not gain a single pound. Wild!

On this spectacular day, I didn't make a cake....or even cupcakes.

I made these crispy little Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Cookies. I think my Dad would appreciate these more because he loves to snack on stuff. Chocolate covered almonds, M&M's, chocolate covered raisins, peanuts, pistachios....he seems to like small things.

It's probably got to do with the fact that you don't need a plate, a fork, a spoon or a knife. Your hand will do just fine. Plus when you eat a bunch of little makes it seem less definite and more infinite.

Infinite eating without weight-gaining pretty much sums up heaven for me.

Anyway...the cookie part of these Chocolate & Vanilla Sandwich Cookies is pastry rather than your typical cookie dough. This gives them a nice flaky texture. Rubbing butter into the dry ingredients coats all of the flour particles (notably gluten proteins) with fat and has a "shortening" effect. This means that it prevents gluten strands from linking to one another, elongating and then forming a network which would make it more tough and cohesive. Get it? It sort of "shortens" the strands. Small bits of butter that are left in there can create steam when they hit the heat of the oven and make the little cookies puff up a bit for extra crunch and flake. It's lovely.

I filled them with chocolate ganache and then decorated them with girly.

These might just be perfect for your Valentine too.

This recipe makes a TON of cookies since I cut them very small. So, feel free to use a larger cookie cutter and bake them slightly longer. This dough also freezes nicely so you could wrap it up well in plastic wrap and save half the dough for another time!
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  1. Happy Birthday to your dad!

    I've been making a lot of sandwich cookies lately too! First I made Oreos which turned out awesome. Then I tried to make Fudgee-Os which turned out okay. They didn't taste exactly like Fudgee-Os. Maybe because I used the Oreo cookie recipe and just changed the filling? I don't think the cookie in Oreos is the same as the cookie in Fudgee-Os...

    Anyway, now I have another sandwich cookie recipe to try out!

  2. @Samantha Angela Thanks Samantha! I used to LOVE Fudgee-O's as a kid. I don't allow them in the house anymore lol

  3. Wow, those cookies look great. The chocolate and vanilla ones sound like the best of both worlds. I have a sweet treat linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your cookies up.

  4. The cookies are adorable, but I have to say the sweater is the highlight of the post. Happy b-day to your dad!

  5. Thank you poochie

  6. HAHAHA!!! Tina! You forgot to mention that the best way to eat them is DAD'S way...OVER THE SINK! Happy Birthday Dad!

    ...and eh! watch those crumbs!

  7. Deliziosi i biscottini Bella,complimenti!!! ;-)
    E tantissimi auguri al tuo papà anche da parte mia!!!
    Un bacione:-**

  8. These cookies sound fantastic! They're definitely Valentine's Day ready! And happy birthday to your Dad!

  9. I can`t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this...

    Have a great time,

  10. @Paula Thanks so much Paula. Definitely give them a try!

  11. These are beautiful! And who doesn't love little bite-sized cookies?! I wanted to let you know that I submitted this to the M&T Spotlight:


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